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Mysuru scion on a mission to improve education

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Source: DC

Mysuru: Scion of erstwhile royal family of Mysuru Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar, who had once inspired government school children by becoming a teacher at a programme hosted by Kalisu Foundation, is now brand ambassador for the NGO. The Foundation strives to improve the quality of education in government schools.

Yaduveer will motivate kids at government schools henceforth through the programme, ‘Learn from Maharaja,’ besides playing the advisory role by contributing his ideas on improving the quality of education.

As many as 250 kids at a government school at Kumbar Koppal, Mysuru, had the privilege of having Mr Yaduveer as their teacher for 45 minutes, interacting with him at a programme, here on Thursday. He taught the kids with a power point presentation and spoke about the glory of Mysuru and importance of education while stressing on environment protection, cleanliness, good manners and good habits. 

The enthusiastic kids who learnt that Mr Yaduveer will henceforth visit them frequently, were not just keen on knowing about his favourite colour, they even wanted to know how to be fit like him. He smilingly answered that he liked blue colour and said that kids must eat right healthy, nutritious food instead of junk food, and lay emphasis on physical exercise to keep them fit and healthy. 

When mediapersons asked if he planned to enter politics, he said, “Not in the near future. And I have no interest in politics in fact. I wish to involve myself in activities to serve society, I would wish to focus on developing government school education through the NGO.” Founder and CEO of Kalisu M.M. Nikilesh spoke.


Published Jun 23, 2017, 3:26 am IST
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Motaganahalli in Magadi is another obscure village which is crying for attention. A stroll through the village, around 60 km from Bengaluru, reveals the sad state of affairs: poor roads, crumbling infrastructure, power outages and heaps of garbage strewn all across the hamlet. The government school in the hamlet too has stories of neglect and apathy to tell.

But there is hope: the milieu is fast changing, thanks to a bunch of schoolchildren determined to bring about a change using technology. In fact, the students had been running from pillar to post to solve the civic issues plaguing the school and village. Besieged by filth, students found it quite impossible to sit in the classrooms because of the stink the garbage heaps emanated.

Even the teachers suffered in silence, but not Gen Next. The students of Government Higher Primary School at Motaganahalli, aided by tablets and cameras, walked up to the gram panchayat office, raising some tough questions to authorities. Remember, the ‘grilling session’ was being recorded. Perhaps, the explosion of visual media was an inspiration to embrace the technology. Answers were hard to come by, but they wouldn’t budge. Donning the role of ‘citizen journalists’, the students — Rakesh (class V), Darshan Gowda (class VI), Dileep M J (class VI), Deepashri (class VI), Monica M (class VII), Amrutha Varshini (class VIII) — stormed the gram panchayath office, posing several questions to gram panchayat president Padmavathi Jayaram. Amrutha Varshini said, “All the students and visitors to our school were unhappy with the foul smell emanating from the open drains in front of our school.

Since the classrooms were buzzing with flies and rodents, there were health hazards as well.” Monica M said, “People from other areas would come and wash their clothes on the drains. They would never clean and the dirty water was overflowing.” The teachers, including the headmaster, tried to clear the mess by speaking to officials and villagers, but nothing worked. What worked was the students’ willpower, aided by a potential weapon: technology.

The school in Motaganhalli had no exposure to any kind of technology till 2016 when an NGO chipped and decided to rewrite the script. Laptops and tablets were given to students. Training sessions were held twice a month by Smitha Venkatesh, who is part of the NGO. During the summer vacation, the school decided to host an Information and Technology Day where it was decided to interview the president with the aid of cameras and tablets. The queries ranged from water woes, electricity issues, waste management/segregation and the lack of drainage system. Initially, Padmavathi Jayaram was hesitant to speak to students. “I have seen elders coming and questioning me, but when students approached me, I was taken aback. I was highly impressed by the questions. I called up all officials concerned and the aid was sanctioned to get the mess cleared around the school,” she said. The cost, including the works in and around the school, is estimated around Rs 1 crore. The road near the school has been completely concreted. The drainage work too is in progress. The children’s act reminds us of Mahatma Gandhi’s message: be the change that you wish to see in the world.

By Kumaran P

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photo source The Hindu

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s home district Mysuru has the stiff target of enrolling 25,000 candidates under the Kaushalya Karnataka Mission – the State government’s ambitious employability programme

Laiqh A. Khan ​                 On June 24, Mysuru had registered 24,094 candidates

Though Mysuru got off to a slow start and had enrolled no more than 8,500 candidates or 34% of the target by June 9 after the programme was kickstarted on May 15, the district had made enough progress subsequently with officials fanning out in different places including educational institutions to enrol people.

The Kaushalya Karnataka Mission seeks to enrol people in the age group of 18 to 35 to enhance their employability through skill development.

By Saturday, the pace of registrations in Mysuru district had picked up and reached 24,094. D. Randeep, Deputy Commissioner, was confident of Mysuru not only crossing the target but also reaching 30,000 by the end of June. By the time the training programmes for the enrolled candidates begin in mid-July, the district administration was hopeful of crossing 35,000.

While Mysuru was yet to reach 25,000 registrations, as many as 20 other districts in the State had crossed their target. A few districts in North Karnataka such as Raichur, Gadag, Kalaburagi, Ballari and Bagalkot had achieved more than double their targets with Raichur leading the pack with more than 400% registrations against its target of 15,500.

Officials said the registration target in the Chief Minister’s home district is the third highest in the State after Bengaluru and Belagavi. While Bengaluru has to register 93,400 candidates, Belagavi had long crossed its target of 36,400.

The targets for each district had been fixed by the newly created Department of Skill Development, Entrepreneurship and Livelihood taking into consideration a range of aspects such as population and backwardness.

Interested youngsters can still enrol for the programme by accessing the Karnataka Kaushalya Mission website

Though most of the candidates registered under the programme so far either had passed either SSLC, PUC or Bachelors, officials said even school and college dropouts could register for the scheme.

“Our officials visit various places including railway stations and bus stands to identify dropouts and register them. Invariably, such people do not have email accounts and are not carrying their Aadhaar card. We create email accounts for them, ask them to get their Aadhaar details and register them,” an official



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When a 15-day-old baby, who had a bout of mild diarrhoea and vomiting became severely dehydrated, the parents, though worried, did not sense something could be seriously wrong. However, they were shocked when their doctor diagnosed the baby with Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH).

CAH is an inherited disorder that affects the adrenal glands where the glands cannot produce cortisol and aldosterone, and instead produce an unwanted excess amount of androgens.

A child with CAH lacks enzymes the adrenal glands use to produce hormones that help regulate metabolism, the immune system, blood pressure, and other essential functions. Parents with children suffering from it often have great difficulty in the upbringing of the child, including treatment, getting school admission and other support issues.

For the first time, Shyam Nair and Deepa Kannan, parents of a CAH child, have started a support group called ‘CAH Support India’ ( www.cahindia,org ) involving a community of parents, grandparents and caregivers of CAH children. The International Coalition for Endocrine Patient Support Organisations worldwide has listed this support group as the first such group for endocrine disorders in India.

The couple has also created a closed Facebook group for parents and endocrinologists and a Facebook page called Omkar’s journey with Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia to chronicle all possible events in the life of a child with CAH . The link is

Shaila S. Bhattacharyya, paediatric endocrinologist at Manipal Hospitals, who is also part of the support group, said: “A CAH child gets severely dehydrated even with a mild episode of diarrhoea and needs hospitalisation, which is stressful both for the child and the caregivers.”

Although about one in 10,000 children are born with CAH, awareness about the condition is low. It is either not detected early or is misdiagnosed and turns fatal in most children within months of their birth. A neonatal hormone test 17-OHP should be done to screen for CAH in children before symptoms appear. “However, not all hospitals do this test,” the doctor added.

Ms. Deepa Kannan, a yoga teacher, said she and her husband are trying to spread awareness about the condition, which is not known even in educated circles. “Having experienced the challenges in bringing up our child, who is seven years old now, our aim is to support parents and help them in bringing up their children,” she told The Hindu.

Narrating how difficult it is for CAH children to get admission in regular schools as the child needs continuous monitoring, she said the aim of the support group is to change this mindset of schools. “Such discrimination towards children for no fault of theirs is unfair,” she said.

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It was done in a bid to infuse the concept of environment conservation and afforestation among students

Scores of students of a government high school were apprised of the seed ball culture in a bid to infuse the concept of environment conservation and afforestation here on Thursday.

An initiative of Samskruthi Women’s Sphere, the event was held at the Government Model Higher Primary School, Ashokapuram, and the objective was to introduce at least 500 children and 200 lady volunteers to the concept of seed ball. The organisers said the chances of seed ball germination and subsequent growth as a plant was more owing to initial nutrition available for seeds as soon as it sprouts.

Honge, arali, bevu, hunase, nalli, alle, and sithaphal seeds were used in the making of seed ball as these are indigenous and require minimal maintenance. The seed balls will be dropped along T.Narsipura-Mysuru Highway linking the Mysuru-Nanjangud Eoad apart from the Outer Ring Road, Lingambudhi Lake, and other places, according to sphere president Sridevi S. Bhoopalam. The seeds and mud were procured from the Forest Department.

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Central Governments expenditure on education has been falling for past three years, compared to 2013-14, the last year of UPA, when education got 4.57% of the total expenditure, there has been a steady decline — 3.65% in 2016-17, according to this Budget's revised estimate, with the estimated outlay for the coming year showing a minor uptick at 3.71%.

Looking at education spend as a share of the GDP, which is what international trackers do, the trend is clear — having dipped from 0.63% of the GDP in 2013-14 to 0.47% projected by the government for 2017-18. Read more